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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ star dies after heart attack

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Comedian and actor Richard Lewis, known for his stand-up comedy and role on Curb Your Enthusiasm, has died at age 76.

His publicist, Jeff Abraham wrote, “His wife, Joyce Lapinsky, thanks everyone for all the love, friendship and support and asks for privacy at this time.”

Lewis had announced in 2023 that he was retiring from stand-up due to Parkinson’s disease.

His career spanned decades in comedy clubs, TV shows like Anything But Love, and films such as Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

However, he was best known for playing a fictionalized version of himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm for 12 seasons.

His close friend and Curb creator Larry David said Lewis was like a brother and his passing made him sob.

Larry David wrote in a statement, “Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me. He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me sob and for that I’ll never forgive him.”

Their “Curb” co-star Cheryl Hines also expressed her heartbreak over Lewis’ death.

HBO released a statement that read, “We are heartbroken to learn that Richard Lewis has passed away. His comedic brilliance, wit and talent were unmatched. Richard will always be a cherished member of the HBO and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ families, our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and all the fans who could count on Richard to brighten their days with laughter.”

Co-star Cheryl Hines also expressed her deep love for Lewis, recalling how he would tell her how special she was.

Cheryl Hines said, “When I was young I had the biggest crush on Richard Lewis. He was the funniest person on stage and the most handsome comedian. Then when I was cast on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ I got to work with him and it was a dream come true.”

Hines continued, “Through the years I learned who Richard really was and the gifts he gave. Yes, he was the comedian I fell in love with, but he was also one of the most loving people I know. He would take time to tell the people he loved what they meant to him — especially in recent years. In between takes on ‘Curb,’ he would tell me how special I was to him and how much he loved me.”

She concluded, “To be loved by Richard Lewis. A true gift. I love you Richard.”

Throughout his career, Lewis was praised for his comedic brilliance and openness about his struggles with addiction and mental health.

His death has drawn mourning from those who knew him personally and admired his comedy talents over many years in the industry.

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